The Gift of Therapy

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HarperCollins, Oct 13, 2009 - Psychology - 320 pages
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The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom's more than thirty-five years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The bestselling author of Love's Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained—presented as eighty-five personal and provocative "tips for beginner therapists," including:

  • Let the patient matter to you
  • Acknowledge your errors
  • Create a new therapy for each patient
  • Do home visits
  • (Almost) never make decisions for the patient
  • Freud was not always wrong

A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom's Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.

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Review: The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

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The second book I have read by Irvin Yalom, I found this one harder to get through than "Love's Executioner." This book takes the form of a series of more or less independent snippets of thought, most ... Read full review

Review: The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

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The second book I have read by Irvin Yalom, I found this one harder to get through than "Love's Executioner." This book takes the form of a series of more or less independent snippets of thought, most ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of Love's Executioner, Momma and the Meaning of Life, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, When Nietzsche Wept, as well as several classic textbooks on psychotherapy, including The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, considered the foremost work on group therapy. The Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, he divides his practice between Palo Alto, where he lives, and San Francisco, California.

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